Social networking giant Facebook announced Thursday, Jan. 18, it will bring its Community Boost program to Greenville May 29-June 1.
The program, announced in November by Facebook’s co-founder, chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, aims to provide the nation’s small businesses and workers with the digital skills they need to “compete in the new mobile economy.”
Greenville was one of the first five cities chosen to host the program.
Facebook said it will work with organizations in Greenville to create the event.
For job seekers, the company said it will provide training to help improve their digital and social media skills.
Facebook will offer business owners ways they can expand their digital footprint and find new customers “around the corner and around the globe,” the company said.
And for people getting online for the first time or wanting to support their community, Facebook said it will provide training on digital literacy and online safety.
The company said it will also help community members use technology to bring people together with features like Events and Groups.
“We’re inspired by what small businesses have been able to do using Facebook, but we want to do more — particularly for those who are transitioning to careers that require more digital skills,” the company said in a statement. “Facebook Community Boost will visit 30 U.S. cities in 2018, including St. Louis, Albuquerque, Des Moines, Greenville, and Houston, and will partner with local organizations to provide training.”
As of November, Facebook said it had invested more than $1 billion since 2011 in training, technology, tools, support, and research to help people and small businesses.
The company cited a report it released in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that explores the roles digital tools play in small and medium-sized businesses’ growth.
In South Carolina, the report found that 46 percent of small businesses on Facebook said it is an essential tool for running their business, and that it has helped them hire employees.
The report said 62 percent of small businesses on Facebook said it allows them to find customers in other cities, states, and countries.
Seventy-nine percent of small businesses said that an individual’s digital and social media skills are an important consideration when hiring, more than where they went to school, Facebook said.